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December 2021

The Church heating is working well, so a warm welcome awaits in every sense!

Come and celebrate the coming of God into the world this December:

Advent Fellowship, Tuesdays at 8pm, beginning 30th November
Patriarchs, Prophets, John the Baptist, and Mary. Email [email protected] for details. Meeting in the Vicarage.

Carol Service: Sunday 19th at 6pm
Come and sing favourite carols by candlelight, and hear again the story of Christmas. Mulled wine and mince pies to follow.

Crib Service: Friday 24th at 5pm
Children of all ages – join us on Christmas Eve to act out the story of the Nativity. Come in costume – or tea towels / haloes / crowns can be provided on arrival. Sing favourite carols and boo the wicked King Herod!

Midnight Mass: Friday 24th at 11.30pm
Our traditional solemn and joyous welcoming in of Christmas at midnight. By candlelight.

Christmas Day Communion: Saturday 25th at 10am
Our usual family service with hymns, carols and sermon.

And of course regular weekly activities continue as usual:
Main service Sunday 10am: we sing, receive the sacraments, hear the Scriptures and a sermon, pray, share tea and coffee after the service. Come as you are!
Wednesdays 12.15 p.m. Lunchtime Communion
Weekdays 7.30 and 5.30 Morning and Evening Prayer
Fridays 12.15 Prayer during the Day, followed by church cleaning with the HOLY DUSTERS
Mondays 3-5.30pm and Wednesdays 9-noon, Church open for Private Prayer
(in the Winter months, for access at these times, or other times by arrangement, please ask at the Vicarage, just over the road)

Many other good things are coming in January, including:

Mindful Music, Wednesday 5th 7.30pm. Three quarters of an hour of carefully curated recorded music with a short introduction. We listen (armchairs, or move about the building as you wish) followed by wine and chat. Free.Mindful Music: Wednesday 3rd November

Covenant Service, Sunday 23rd at 10am.  We celebrate the Covenant with our Methodist brothers and sisters, reaffirming at the beginning of the calendar year our commitment to walking faithfully in the paths of God, and using a liturgy for our Parish Communion that draws on the Methodist Covenant service.

Choral Evensong for Epiphany, Sunday 30th at 6pm. We are aiming to put on a fully choral service of Evensong, with our existing choir augmented by several guest singers, for the customary celebration of the Light of Christ.  A glass of wine to follow.

And in general … welcome to Holy Trinity!

We have a large (and beautiful) building with a relatively small congregation so we have now relaxed most COVID rules.  We do not insist on masks, and we receive Communion in both kinds (though there is no obligation to receive the wine if you don’t feel right about it). 

The building is large enough that if you would like to be seated separately from those not wearing a mask, please let the stewards know (if there is strong demand for this we may set aside an area: please say).

We sing typically five hymns. There is no formal social distancing enforced by closed pews; but please do respect other peoples’ space, so please don’t sit nearer than six feet from anyone who wishes to keep a distance.   If in doubt, ask! We are all friends here, and we simply say what we need or want, and respect the wishes of others.

We don’t, so far, shake hands when we share the Peace – but apart from that everything is pretty much back to normal.

On arrival you will be given a hymn book, a service sheet, and a notice sheet. The first two a reusable, so please return them; however you will be the first person to use them since the Sunday before.

There is much more to belonging to Church than Sunday worship – we serve one another, we serve the community, we build up friendships, we strive together to live well.  But the best way is in is usually to come and join in worship and meet everyone over tea or coffee afterwards.  All are welcome.

Solemn Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial in November:

Children from the Church School rehearsing for Harvest Festival in October, and the combined School and Church Harvest Collection in the Church and en route to Minstead Gardens to be donated to the Food Bank:

Welcome to Back To Church Sunday:

Enjoying the Charmborough mobile ring of bells on Bell Sunday:

Wonderful concert in September – song, dance and poetry to reflect on the strange year just gone:

 

With the congregation of St Paul’s Wimbledon Park at the end of our walk together along our shared boundary, June 13th … followed by a picnic and rounders: